New Hut System Links 190 Miles of Trail in Southern Utah Bikepacking that lets you go light on the ‘packing’ APRIL 25, 2021TESS WEAVER – Original Article – https://www.betamtb.com/travel/usa/new-utah-hut-system/ Jared Fisher, CEO of Las Vegas based bike touring company Escape Adventures and a bike shop owner in Las Vegas, Reno and Moab, has ridden all over the
Frequently Asked Questions
The best bike is a full suspension or hardtail mountain bike to experience the single track the route has to offer. Gravel bikes are great as long as you follow the dirt road gravel route.
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You will need to carry the following:
- Your souvenir pillow case and sleeping bag liner provided to you at the first hut
- Your personal belongings
- Your lunch, snacks and water
- If you are renting an eBike from us, you will need to carry your charger with you
We can arrange a shuttle with advanced notice. There is a $50 per person charge for the 6 day/5 night route ending in Escalante. If you are interested in a shuttle from other locations, please call our office for availability.
Several days before your arrival you will receive a code for keyless entry. You will also receive a code for our manual key box found on the side of the hut if the electronic keypad is not working.
Yes! All of the huts meet ADA requirements for bathrooms and all ramps have been graded for total compliance. Every hut is also accessible by vehicle, with ample parking.
We have many great options waiting for you at the huts. You will find suggested recipes in the kitchen upon your arrival. Each hut has a standard menu but there is always other foods like burgers, soups, beans, pasta, cookies, coffee, and other staple items so you will never have to go hungry while traveling our hut system. Your lunch options are the same at each hut including lunch meat for sandwiches, energy drink mix, chips, cookies, energy bars, PB&J, and more. The lunches are made to be taken with you and enjoyed along the trail. You can see a full list of our cuisine at aquariustrail.com/hut-provisions-cuisine/.
Absolutely. We have many great options including veggie burgers, pasta, salad, potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, vegetables and more. If there is something you specifically want, please give us a call, or notate it in your reservation.
We have many food items that cater to a variety of dietary restrictions. If there is something you specifically want, please give us a call, or notate it in your reservation.
Yes. At checkout you will be given the option to purchase the Beer Package for $50 per person or $10/day per person. This will provide access to a selection of beer at each hut. At each hut you will be allotted 3 beers.
Yes. We rent Electric Full Suspension Mountain Bikes available for $125 a day and we have Santa Cruz and Specialized Full Suspension Mountain Bikes starting at $70 a day. You can reserve your mountain bike of choice during the reservation process or give us a call. The full suspension mountain bike and the full suspension electric mountain bike in the video below are also our rental bikes.
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We do not guarantee that we can help. But we will do our best to either get you help or send someone. It is your responsibility to take a knowledgeable bike mechanic. If you are concerned about bike failures, we suggest our guided tour.
Yes. When you arrive at your first hut, you will have a brand new Aquarius Trail pillowcase waiting for you on your bed. This is yours to keep and you will need to take this with you from hut to hut. On the pillowcase is a map of the entire Aquarius Trail Hut System. This is to remind you of where you are going each day and doubles as a comfy place to lay your head.
At your first hut there will be a pillowcase and sleeping bag liner for you on your bed when you arrive. You will need to carry both of these with you along your trip. Your sleeping bag will be hanging at each hut upon arrival. At the end of your ride, at the final hut, there will be a place to deposit the sleeping bag liner. The souvenir pillowcase is yours to keep.
We have a Checkout Procedure posted at each hut for your reference. Leave the hut in the same condition you found it. Sweep the floors, wipe down the counters, wash and dry all dishes and put them away, place your soiled towel in the laundry bin in the kitchen area and make sure the door is locked to the bunkhouses, bathroom, and kitchen.
Locking the hut is as simple as pushing the LOCK button on the digital keypad. If you used the manual key, lock the door and then return the key to the key box and make sure it is locked. Please double check and make sure all doors and locks are secure before leaving.
Even though our reservations are by hut, every guest needs a reservation in advance due to capacity as well as food preparations. Give us a call and we will let you know if there is room and we’ll do our best to accommodate them. No one is allowed to stay in the huts who does not have a reservation.
You can book online at aquariustrail.com/book-now/ or call us at 702-596-2953.
At the time of booking we will collect 50%. The remainder will be collected 60 days before your arrival.
No. However we do place a hold on your card for a damage deposit of $10 per person per night. We expect each guest to clean up and leave the hut the way they found it. This includes sweeping out and cleaning surfaces in your hut (using provided disinfectant spray), cleaning bathroom, hanging your sleeping bag back on the rack, putting soiled towel in laundry bin (in shower room), cleaning kitchen and shower unit, wiping down shower surface, washing all dishes and putting them away. Once you check out on the last day and we make sure the huts are clean, there is not damage and nothing is missing, then we will release the hold.
At this time, we are only taking bookings for the entire route. Please call our office for possible options in the shoulder season.
Yes. We have an enclosed foot pump shower at all the huts. The cool water is quite refreshing after a full day’s ride. Hot water does not come out by default from our showers or faucets. There is a solar water shower at each hut.
Yes. We provide one towel per person per hut.
Yes. You can heat water on the kitchen propane stove and use that for your needs. This includes hot water for coffee, cocoa, cooking, and if needed, to fill a solar shower bag with warm water. Hot water does not come out by default from our showers or faucets.
Yes. You may use paper towels or red shop rags to wipe down your chain and crucial mechanical parts. Because water is a commodity in the backcountry, there is not water to spray off your bike. However, you may use small amounts of water from the kitchen faucet to wet your cleaning rag or paper towels. Please do not use excessive water to wash your bike.
We have a work stand available to use and is located either in Bunkhouse 1 or the Kitchen hut. We also provide tools (located in the kitchen area) for basic maintenance on your bike. If your bike requires special tools, you should bring those on your ride.
Yes. All of our huts have a propane fire pit to end your day sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows and sharing stories from your epic adventure that day.
No. Dixie National Forest does NOT allow campfires at the huts. If you have a campfire, you will be charged a $250 fine.
Yes. You will find them either in the shower room or sleeping units.
Yes. The hut system is built completely off grid and electricity is created by our solar panels. There are outlets in each hut and in the kitchen area so you can charge your devices and be ready to go for the next day. For eBikes, you will use the generator stored in the bathroom. Pull the generator onto the deck to charge the bikes. You can charge as many eBikes as needed.
There is parking available at each hut. You need to book the semi-private or full private option to use the parking so we can control the number of cars at each hut. If you have questions please call our office at 702-596-2953 option 1.
Our hut locations are set up with 2 separate bunk houses and a common kitchen and bathroom. If you would like a private kitchen and bathroom, you should book both huts for your stay and then no one else will be staying on the property for the dates you are there.
The restroom is a pit type toilet and a sink with a foot pump for hand washing.
Yes. When booking your reservation, you will be given the option to book both huts which guarantees no one else will be staying on the property for the dates you are there.
Each hut location has two bunkhouses with bunk beds and a futon sleeping a total of 6 people in each bunkhouse. The only exception is Hatch Hut where there are three bunkhouses sleeping 6, 4, and 2 respectively.
Yes. Please give us a call to discuss your specific situation. We will do our best to accommodate your group.
Yes. There is a separate designed route that shows where eBikes can ride. Each hut has a gas or propane powered generator to charge your eBike so you have a full battery to continue to the next hut. Please respect other guests at the hut and do not use generators after 10:00pm. Extra gas will be available alongside the generator if needed. Please do NOT plug your eBikes into the outlets in the huts.
Important information: you will need to carry the charger with you to each hut. We will only have chargers at the first hut.
Yes. There's nothing we love more than families and friends enjoying the outdoors together! We have plenty of parking at each hut. We have comfortable chairs and relaxing hammocks that will be waiting for you to kick back, pick up a book or just sit and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful backcountry. You need to book the semi-private or full private option to use the parking so we can control the number of cars at each hut. If you have questions please call our office at 702-596-2953 option 1.
Single rider options are available offline. Please contact our office at 702-596-2953 Option 1 to check availability and book your trip.
For about 80% of the route you will have cell service and 65% of the route LTE internet with the exception to Hell's Backbone where we have installed Satellite WiFi. Here are the current signal strengths at each hut.
Hatch Hut – Very Strong signal – LTE - Most service providers
Butch Cassidy Hut – Strong signal – LTE - Most service providers
Pine Lake Hut – Good signal – LTE - Most service providers
Aquarius Trail Hut – Weak signal – 1X-LTE - Verizon Only
Hell’s Backbone Hut – Very Strong 2.4gh WiFi access only - No service providers
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In the rare occasion there is no electricity, (after all, these are backcountry huts off the grid) don't worry. We have a backup generator. Take the generator out of the bathroom and run the extension cord to charge your devices and make sure you plug in the refrigerator. Don't forget to put it back in the bathroom and lock it up before you leave.
Yes - if the ski lift is open. You will need to pay for a lift ticket. If you are riding an eBike you will need to disconnect the battery before getting on the lift. You can check hours, pricing and information at https://www.brianhead.com/
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